Vance County is OUR STATE magazine's featured county of the month. The county was created after the Civil War for political reasons and named for Confederate Colonel Zebulon Vance, who was also the wartime governor. The county has many recreational opportunities and features Kerr Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. The county's location near an interstate keeps business strong. Vance Furniture, IAMS, a national pet food maker, and Royal Home Fashions are major employers.